Washington and Augusta: What’s New? with Fred Benson and Jill Goldthwait
January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Congress and the Maine legislature have both sworn in new members and begun their sessions. How will the mid-term elections change them both? What will be the big issues? Will partisanship get better, or worse? Jill and Fred will provide their respective thoughts on the state and federal issues and actions expected to follow the recent elections.
Fred Benson has been engaged in national and international government affairs activities in the White House, the Pentagon, and with Weyerhaeuser Company. He also served in the United States Army with responsibilities including senior positions in the offices of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Army, as well as aviation and ground command assignments in Korea, Vietnam, and Alaska. He retired as a full Colonel having served two combat tours during which he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Bronze Star Medal for Valor.
He was selected as a White House Fellow and subsequently served as a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth appointed him a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (NZOM) in recognition of his contribution to enhancing the political and business relationships between The US and New Zealand. He currently publishes Capitol Commentary, an independent political newsletter.
Jill Goldthwait was elected to the Bar Harbor Town Council for nine years, serving as chairman for eight. She was elected to four terms as an Independent in the Maine Senate from 1994 to 2002. She was Director of Government Relations at The Jackson Laboratory for nine years, retiring in 2012. She is an award-winning political columnist for the Ellsworth American and the Mt. Desert Islander.